Call for papers on Change in International Law and Human Rights

The International Law and Human Rights Unit, part of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, invites postgraduate research students to its 2nd Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights. The conference will take place on 26th and 27th March 2018.

The theme of the conference is: The Notion of Change in International Law and Human Rights’. The theme is to be conceived in the broadest possible sense. Issues may range from the role that international law and/or human rights plays in facilitating change, whether international law in fact provides a barrier to change, particular fields that are facing or likely to face changes (e.g. migration, secession) or worldwide phenomena (e.g. climate change). Papers outside these areas that still fall under the broad theme are also welcomed. Papers may deal with, but again are not limited to:

  • Public International Law
  • Conflict and Security Law
  • International Court and Tribunals
  • International Organisations and Global Governance
  • International Criminal Law
  • Migration and Refugee Law
  • Minority Rights, Self-Determination and Secession Processes
  • Cultural Rights and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Rights of Children, Women and Persons with Disabilities
  • International Law and the Global Economy
  • Climate Change and Environmental Law 

We encourage paper and poster proposals from postgraduate students who specialise in international law, human rights or related subjects and welcome contributions from doctrinal, normative, historical, conceptual and comparative perspectives. The conference offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to present and discuss their work in a stimulating and friendly academic environment, among peers with similarly oriented research interests.

Soap Box Session

Alternatively, we also welcome proposals for our ‘soap box session’. Here, speakers have just 5 minutes to air a controversial legal argument against the clock. They then have 10 minutes to defend this view against a critical audience! This is a dynamic forum for short presentations on bold ideas or controversial legal views.

How to Apply

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short biography (no more than 100 words) to Please indicate whether you are applying to present a paper, poster or ‘soapbox’. Applicants are welcome to submit proposals for more than one format. The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th January 2018. Notification of acceptance will be given by Friday 19th January 2018.



PhD studentships

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) has announced new PhD studentships. The SGSSS offers fully-funded awards, which provide students with a maintenance grant, tuition fees, and access within their institution to a Research Training Support Grant.

1+3 Year Studentships (48 Months)

These awards provide funding for a one year Masters degree and a three year PhD study. Students who have only completed or are in the process of completing an undergraduate degree, or who do not have the relevant core research methods training should apply for these awards.

+3 Year Studentships (36 Months) 

These awards will suit applicants who wish to enter directly into a PhD programme and who have already completed a Masters degree, which incorporates the ESRC required 60 credits of research methods training.

Part-Time Studentships

Part-time students receive funding for up to eight (8) years, which breaks down as up to two (2) years for Masters training and a further six (6) years for doctoral study.

Fees Only Studentships

Fees only studentships are available for EU students have not been primarily resident in the UK for the past three years.

For more information, see

Steve Weston Essay Competition 2017

CEPMLP is calling for entries to the Steve Weston Prize, an annual essay competition on oil and gas law administered by The Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law and Policy Education Trust. The competition honours the memory of Steve Weston, a leading practitioner of oil and gas law, particularly in the developing regions.

Open to all, the Steve Weston Prize is awarded to the author or authors of an outstanding essay on a preselected topic. Worth up to £1000, the Prize is funded by BP, Shell, Herbert Smith, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Linklaters and Wragges.

The topic for 2017 is, “The European Parliament in its resolution 2015/2352 of 1st December 2016, called on the Commission to consider the establishment of a European legislative compensation mechanism for offshore accidents.  Is such a mechanism necessary or desirable and, if so, is the European Parliament right to suggest that it should cover not only bodily injury and property damage but also pure economic loss. What would constitute pure economic loss in this context?”

All entries should be no more than 3000 words in length and submitted electronically no later than 19th December 2017 to

Further information on the Steve Weston Prize can be found here

Student Writing Competition

The Groningen Journal of International Law is anticipating your submissions for its Student Writing Competition 2018! This year the competition is open to students across the world. The article can be on a topic of international law of your choice; but must maintain quality in research and writing, diversity and relevance in order to be considered. If selected, your article will be published in GroJIL Volume 6, Issue 1.

Kindly bear in mind the following guidelines:

  • You must be a registered student at a University or Institution.
    • This includes recent graduates who have obtained their diploma after the 1st of May, 2017.
  • You must submit your article with your allotted number.
    • In order to ensure fairness in judging, participants will have to submit their articles anonymously. As such, each participant will receive their candidate number for participation by adhering to the following procedure:
      • Email with your interest to submit an article.
      • Get a response back from us with an allotted number.
      • Email with your article and candidate number (instead of your name.)
  • The article should begin with a short abstract.
  • The article must include footnotes and citations.
  • The expected length of the article is 6,000 to 7,000 words.
    • Including footnotes.
    • Excluding abstract, bibliography or table of contents.
  • Provided your paper satisfies the rest of the criteria, feel free to contribute a paper you have submitted for class/a thesis.
  • The deadline for submission is 15 April, 2017 at 23:59

Student Writing Competition


Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership

In conjunction with the University of Dundee, the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership invite you to a public lecture:

“They fairly mak ye…..”

Women, Work and Violence – History repeating?

Anni Donaldson

Anni Donaldson is an Honorary Research Fellow at Strathclyde University and is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow & Project Lead for the Equally Safe project in Higher Education. Anni has expertise in the history of policy and service provision in the domain of violence against women and is currently working on an oral history of domestic abuse in Scotland (1979-1992).

The lecture will be delivered on Tuesday 5th December at 5.00pm in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee.

Prior to the lecture (from 4.30 pm) refreshments will be served in the Dalhousie Foyer.

The lecture is part of the Annual Sixteen-day International Campaign against all forms of gender-based violence.

Further information can be obtained from Angela Tel:01382 433373.

International Law: A largely Scottish Affair?

DILS want to invite you to participate in two events next Wednesday, 25 October. The University of Dundee is fortunate to have Professor Gerry Simpson (Chair of Public International Law at the LSE) to come to visit.

Gerry’s biography is available here: His research focuses on international law, international criminal law, and literary approaches to law. He is considered to be one of the world’s preeminent scholars of international law.

He will be presenting at our Law Research Seminar Series at 2.30 next Wednesday, on ‘International Law: A Largely Scottish Affair?’. This will be in Room 4.08.

In addition, Gerry has very generously offered to meet with students. He will therefore hold a session from 1-2pm on Wednesday 25th, in Room 3.08. I imagine this will focus on research and writing in international law.

You would all be very welcome to attend this session. If you are interested in attending, can you please let Sophie Rigney by Monday 23rd October. Her email address is

Vacancy – Postdoctoral Researcher/ Research Assistant – Individualization of War Project  

The European Research Council funded research project on “The Individualization of War: Reconfiguring the Ethics, Law, and Politics of Armed Conflict” (IOW) seeks a postdoctoral researcher. The IOW project is based at the European University Institute & the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict.

The successful applicant will work closely with Professor Dapo Akande (who is based in Oxford and is co-investigator on the project). She or he will conduct research on the application of human rights law in armed conflict and on the relationship between human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Candidates should have an outstanding PhD in international law but should be excited about working in an inter-disciplinary team which includes international relations scholars and moral philosophers. The position is for one year and will start in December 2017 or January 2018.

Further details on the project is available here the position. Full details about the position and the application process can be found here.

Colombia – A Country Navigating Transitional Justice: Its Negotiation and Perspectives.

A Lecture by the delegates of the Colombian Government for the drafting and editing of the text agreed with FARC-EP.

Dr Juan Carlos Henao and Dr Yesid Reyes.

Thursday 28th September, University of Dundee, Dalhousie LT4., 15.00-16.00 hours

Bios Dr. Henao is the Principal of Universidad Externado de Colombia, and was previously a Magistrate and President of the Constitutional Court of the country. He holds a masters degree in Public Law as well as a PhD from Pantheon-Assas University of Paris (II), and has published numerous books and peer-reviewed articles in fields such as administrative law, environmental damage and constitutional law. He has also been a professor at Universidad Externado de Colombia, and an invited professor at the Institut de Hautes Études de Science Politiques (Science Po) in Paris. He was recently appointed by the Government of Colombia to be one of its delegates for the deliberations on the Transitional Justice System in the negotiation of the Peace Agreement with the insurgent group FARC-EP, which led to the end of 50 years of war in Colombia.

Dr. Yesid Reyes: Dr. Reyes is the Head of the Research Centre on Philosophy and Law of Universidad Externado de Colombia, and was previously the Minister of Justice in the Colombian Government of Juan Manuel Santos. He has also been an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Colombia and a member of the Advisory Board on Criminal Policy forthe Government, as well as a reputed attorney for over 20 years. He holds a masters degree in criminal law and criminology from Universidad Externado de Colombia, a PhD from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a research scholarship from the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation in Bonn, Germany. As Minister of Justice he was recently appointed by the Government of Colombia to be one of its delegates for the deliberations on the Transitional Justice System in the negotiation of the Peace Agreement with the insurgent group FARC-EP, which led to the end of 50 years of war in Colombia.

Dundee University Book Fair

Book Fair is coming to town on 14-15th September (DUSA reception)! Bring your old books and get some cash back! Or pop in to find books you need!

If you have books to sell, bring them to the Hive, Level 4 DUSA (all week 10-4pm). All subjects are welcome! Choose prices yourself & complete registration sheet with your details. If your books will be sold during Book Fair, you will be notified via email. If not sold, you can leave them for the January Book Fair or pick it up if you wish so.

£1 charge per sold book will go as a donation towards our RAG Charity.

Any other questions? Just drop an email to Ezichi,